Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews

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Top Critic
Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter
May 29, 2015
The one subplot that could have been milked, about a young friend of O'Neil's who falls in with the gang, is handled indifferently and fails to supply much in the way of a youthful identification figure.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 14, 2014
The unapologetically hokey humor and dialogue and characters have their charms for sheer late-'80s kitsch value.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2014
The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2014
As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2014
Ninja Turtles is cluttered and flashy. In terms of plot, there's not much flesh on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 6, 2014
Despite brisk direction by Steve Barron, plus unbridled energy and fine special effects, an overt glorification of violence is still at the crux of this stunt film.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 6, 2014
A movie that displays two traits nobody would ever associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It is grim and it is no fun.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2014
The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 6, 2014
Elias Koteas scores as a mock-turtle vigilante, and there are some nifty turtle effects from the Henson Creature Shop, but little else hits the target, despite Barron covering the cracks with fast editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2014
What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 31, 2014
An excellent adaptation, and a raucous, brutally entertaining action fantasy that embraces the source material lending it valid complexity, and depth.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 3, 2011
...an uneven, needlessly episodic adaptation that simply isn't able to justify its feature-length running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Muppetry coaxes campy '90s hit out of its shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 21, 2010
Of the three live-action films, this one is the best. The characters are fresh, and the adventure has a great start to the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
A dismal, tedious affair.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 26, 2008
Cowabunga! A hip and happening time for fans of all ages!
| Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 28, 2008
Scores with its generally engaging tongue-in-cheek humor.
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2008
A well-rounded, unpretentious, very funny, knockabout adventure -- subtly blended so that it's fun for all the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
April 28, 2008
By no means exceptional, but you have to admire the turtle performers for their agility, and Elia Corteas for keeping a straight face.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 25, 2007
Entertaining enough to gloss over the crassness of its underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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